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  • Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy gets a hug from actress Mariska Hargitay during a news conference to discuss progress on the Detroit rape kit initiative at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Monday, March 10, 2014. The star from NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on Monday said her Joyful Heart Foundation stands with Worthy in her efforts to have thousands of backlogged rape kits tested. The foundation works with authorities on eliminating the testing backlog. Worthy's office says the Sexual Assault Kit Evidence Submission Act legislation is expected to be introduced this month in Lansing. It seeks more timely analysis and testing of evidence contained in rape kits and allows for input from victims. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Romain Blanquart)  DETROIT NEWS OUT;  NO SALES

    Actress Hargitay backs Detroit rape kit project

    Actress Mariska Hargitay, who portrays a police detective on television, on Monday pledged her support for a real-life crime-fighting effort: quicker testing for a backlog of thousands of rape kits in the Detroit area and across Michigan.

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